Updated: 18 May 2013
The reduction in funding for the Private Sector Grants Scheme meant we have been unable to accept any new discretionary grant enquiries for tackling disrepair and unfitness in private sector housing since May 2009. Mandatory Disabled Facility Grants and Repair Grants, along with all other grant applications which had been approved prior to May 2009, continued as normal and payments were made when work was completed.
However Discretionary Renovation, Replacement and Home Repair Assistance Grants could only be approved in exceptional circumstances.
Following Board approval in May 2011 we were able to approve grant aid for 19 statutory applications for property owners within Town Centre Living Initiative areas. We were able to approve 859 Mandatory Repairs Grants, and 167 Discretionary Grants, bringing the total number of approvals to 1,026 compared to 1,960 grants in 2010/11.